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Thursday, October 28, 2010
Uribe is the toast of the Bay Area

By Doug Padilla

Juan Uribe
Juan Uribe hit a three-run home run off the Rangers' Darren O'Day in Game 1 of the World Series.
What do Juan Uribe and Joe Montana have in common?

Other than both being at San Francisco’s AT&T Park on Wednesday night, not a whole lot. But in a week or so that could change dramatically.

If Uribe keeps up his production like this, he could be known as the face of the Giants’ first World Series title in San Francisco. That’s what Montana is as the player most influential in bringing San Francisco its first Super Bowl title when the 49ers won the first of their five championships to culminate the 1981 season.

This is going to take an open mind, but here it goes:

Uribe’s home run in the deciding game of the NLCS could be considered the Giants’ version of “The Catch,” when Montana hit Dwight Clark in the back of the end zone to put the 49ers in the Super Bowl. Not as dramatic, granted, but no less important.

After getting the start at third base over Pablo Sandoval on Game 1 of the World Series, Uribe delivered again with a three-run home run in a six-run fifth inning to bust open the game against the Texas Rangers.

So while Buster Posey and Cody Ross have done their part to carry the Giants, the former White Sox shortstop is watching his own legend grow in the Bay Area. Will it grow as big as Montana’s? Not a chance. (Uribe would need four World Series titles, two MVPs and it still might not be enough.) But he might not have to ever buy a steak in town again if he can keep it up.

As for those comparisons going around that these Giants have something in common with the 2005 World Series champion White Sox, Uribe was careful with that link.

"It's hard to compare teams, and I'm never going to say anything bad or anything that will be interpreted as bad against Chicago, because they treated me really well," Uribe told reporters, including one from mlb.com. "They gave me love in Chicago. They gave me confidence. That organization will always be special to me. It's the same situation here in San Francisco."